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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2010 11:08:51 am 
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This a "collection" a purchased at an estate sale about a year ago. After much online searching I found these to be revenue stamps. Most are around 1898-1909. Some, like the ones in the last half of the second row, appear to be from the same series.

A few I found online at various prices, some at little cost, some at higher cost (Like most stamps!) The paper they're on is like "onionskin" really thin, 15"x11", It is whole, only my photo skills cut off the top of the right side character. So I'm looking for as much info as I can get, both on identification and possible values.

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Please bear in mind that at the time of prodcing these souvenirs for tourists 100 or so years ago the stamps selcted would have been relatively common definitive stamps. There is reason to believe that the same description would have applied to revenue stamps. What makes it even more interesting is that these items would have been sold to unsuspecting tourists many of whom would have believed that all the stamps on such pages were all postage stamps!!

No reason then for applying expensive revenue stamps if the idea was partly to deceive foreigners - they would have used the most common stamps around and common revenue stamps should be cheaper than used common postage stamps.

Overall, what you have is an attractive item but of no real significant worth.

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Thanks...One can always dream....


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Jim, David,

It appears that this Tourist Sheet is one of the later ones, though I may be wrong. There don't appear to be any captions for the stamps (unless they are all covered), and some appear to be of a different period to the majority.

The earlier ones had genuine recent stamps, but the earliest spaces were filled by forgeries, by Wada and others. These are highly collectable - and not at all worthless. For that reason I will be mentioning this thread to a friend of mine who has several of the earliest oversize ones with their ornate decoration.

He may come here and comment.

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Hi

I'm Ian Billings friend "who might wish to comment".

Ian was spot on with his reply - with forgeries they have a reasonable value and are collectable (I'm being coy about the amount because it can vary wildly - US$10 to 100 or maybe more).

Your example is typical of the later product which were sold empty by wholesale stationers, the sheets would be filled with whatever was available by the purchasers and sold on to tourists. No fraud, they're all genuine.

I suppose your sheet might be worth about US$5 as a curiosity - especially as it features that traditional Japanese sport of bicyle tennis (try it sometime!).

I've already got this sheet and don't need another.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2010 05:30:35 am 
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albumweeder wrote:

..... it features that traditional Japanese sport of bicyle tennis (try it sometime!).




That sounds as easy as wheelchair basketball! :)


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Belated response - what you've got is a typical Japanese Tourist sheet from the early 1900's.

Ron Casey at ISJP has published a nice summary of these a few years back and this style is a relatively common one from what I can see and recall. (e.g. see http://www.isjp.org/isjp/pubs.html)

In your case the bulk of the stamps are common ones and the bottom line is a nice lot of Japanese revenue stamps but nothing special - Shimora has a catalogue of these. The earlier ones generally had dragons and cherry blossom forgeries from the likes of Wada.

The sheet is worth more if kept in tact but as per other commentary it might be worth $50-$75.

A nice curiosity piece!

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Meant to sya catalogue comes from M.Shimomura

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